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Old 08-25-2012, 05:51 AM
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Adding auxillary power socket

Hey all. I'm in need of adding additional power for my sat radio, etc.
I have been thinking of where the best place to draw clean power from.I have tried the stock lighter socket but it puts out a helluva lot of alternator whine. I was thinking of tapping the switched powee line from the radio as it producs no whine. Any recomendations?
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:31 AM
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Why do you think it produces no whine? Radios have internal filters to help block the whine. I don't think you will find any less on that wire.

I would install a noise filter somewhere behind the console and wire your lighter to that.

There are many available from different suppliers such as this one:
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:47 PM
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All the power comes from the same source.

If you are getting that much whine, you need to check the alternator.
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